Author: Nicholas Hirst
It is just a “matter of days” before France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces whether or not he will run for president next year, potentially pitting him against President François Hollande in the Socialist Party’s primaries in January.
In a combative interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, Valls accused Hollande of dividing the left. However, the prime minister deplored the suggestion that the Socialist Party is facing a certain loss in the presidential vote.
“In the face of disarray, doubt, disappointment and the idea that the left has no chance, I want to end this logic that would lead us to defeat,” Valls said.
He said that the political “context” had changed in recent weeks and, as leader of the parliamentary majority, he had a responsibility to consider the new climate when considering whether to join the race.
“Each must come to his or her own conclusions. I will take a decision after careful reflection,” he said, when asked if he would challenge Hollande to be the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate.
Hollande has yet to announce whether he will seek a second term.